So my terra cotta flower pots never get a chance to develop a nice mossy patina. They always look brand-spanking new.
I've heard of people using yogurt to age them, but that just sounds gross.
Then I read about using garden lime. Most of the tutorials show pots that covered with a heavy white crust, which wasn't wasn't the effect I wanted. I just wanted to take away some of the new look.
I picked up a bag of garden lime at Home Depot.
I stirred in two large heaping spoonful into about a cup of water (or around a third of a venti-sized cup).
I found that the lime was hard to dissolve, so I just stirred frequently while I worked. I brushed several coats liberally onto a flower pot. It was a hot day, so it dried quickly.
When it is dry, use a soft rag, like an old t-shirt, to brush the excess lime from the pot. Check out the transformation. It's instant aging.
To be honest, I had my doubts that the lime was doing anything other than just adding dust to the terra cotta. So I sprayed them with a garden hose. They have sat in the rain. And they still look like this:
I'm linking up...